Feb. 19, 2011
NORMAN, Okla. — Three Oklahoma records fell Saturday at the Sooner Invitational as Karen Shump (shot put), K.P. Singh (weight throw) and Alexandra Acker (pole vault) each rewrote the OU record books. In the final tune-up for next weekend’s Big 12 Championships, Singh automatically qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships while Shump hit an NCAA auto mark for the fifth time this season, one of two Sooners to do so in the women’s shot put as she was joined by Tia Brooks.
With Saturday’s performance, OU athletes have now broken eight program records in the 2011 indoor season. In all, Oklahoma athletes won nine Sooner Invitational titles inside the Mosier Indoor Facility.
Singh became just the fourth athlete nationally to automatically qualify for the NCAA Championships in the men’s weight throw with a winning toss of 70-8.50 (21.55). The mark Saturday bested Singh’s previous school record of 69-3.50 (21.12) by over a foot as he moved to No. 4 in the nation. The defending Big 12 champion and current Big 12 leader in the event, Singh led from wire-to-wire with his shortest legal throw measuring at 65-10. (20.08). The win is Singh’s second of the season.
Shump eclipsed the NCAA automatic qualifying mark for the fifth time this season as she moved to No. 2 nationally and shattered her own program record in the women’s shot put with a winning throw of 58-11.50 (17.97). The throw topped her school record of 56-10.75 (17.34) by over two feet as Shump now trails just Indiana’s Faith Sherrill, 59-0.75 (18.00), for the NCAA lead.
Shump’s top two throws this season have come at home as her previous best won the event at the J.D. Martin Invitational. Shump has won four of the five competitions she has entered this season, falling just to teammate Tia Brooks at last week’s Akron Invitational.
Just as she did as she won last week’s Akron Invitational, Brooks hit an NCAA automatic qualifying mark as she finished second in the event with a throw of 56-7.50 (17.26), over three inches better than her previous best of 56-4.00 (17.17). Saturday marked Brooks’ third NCAA auto mark of the season as the sophomore remains at No. 5 nationally but is now just an inch off the fourth spot. OU swept the top four spots in the event as Bailey Wagner was third with a throw of 51-1.00 (15.57) while Brittany Borman was fourth at 50-6.25 (15.40).
Acker won the women’s pole vault with a final height of 13-6.00 (4.12), breaking the previous record of 13-5.75 (4.11) set by Leslie Dunlap in 2002. Acker entered the competition at 12-5.50 (3.80) after all other competitors had fallen out of contention and promptly cleared the height on her first attempt along with the next height of 13-1.50 (4.00). Acker then moved on to the record-breaking height which she cleared on her third attempt.
Acker entered the meet ranked 29th nationally with a previous season-best height of 13-3.50 (4.05) and moved to 20th nationally with Saturday’s performance. Acker’s height is the third-best in the Big 12 Conference this season. OU’s Jacy Bennett was second in the event with a height of 11-3.75 (3.45) while Carli Wester was fourth with a personal best 10-10.00 (3.30).
Angel Togafau recorded the third longest women’s weight throw in program history as she won the event with a toss of 57-1.50 (17.41). Togafau won the event by over a foot as Abiliene Christian’s Jessica Sloss was second with a throw of 55-5.50 (16.90). OU’s Bailey Wagner was third with a toss of 55-1.00 (16.79) as Togafau improved her season best by exactly two feet.
Shakeeri Cole lowered her season-best time in the women’s 800-meter run to 2:12.09 as she ran 2:12.09 to win the event by over three seconds. The time is the third fastest by an Oklahoma runner in the 800 this year.
In her first competition of the season in the event, Annie Martin women won the women’s 1,000-meter run by clocking a time of 2:56.78, 13 seconds ahead of the next closest competitor and just five seconds off the facility record.
Alex Madkins recorded his second best long jump of the season Saturday as he won the event with a mark of 23-11.50 (7.30). Madkins won the event by seven inches with his winning jump coming on his third attempt. Madkins holds a season best of 24-1.75 (7.36).
Jasmine Simmons leapt her second-best distance of the season in the women’s triple jump as she won the event with a jump of 42-2.75 (12.87). The win is Simmons second of the year after winning the Texas A&M Challenge on Jan. 15 with a season-best 42-6.75 (12.97).
Sherine Wells equaled a season best as she won the women’s 60-meter dash with a time of 7.47. Wells advanced to the finals with a time of 7.49. Shelleyeka Rolle, also of the women’s sprints group, took second in the 600-yard run with a time of 1:22.68.
Jesica Ejesieme clocked the fifth-best 60-meter hurdles time in Oklahoma history as she finished second overall in the event with a personal best of 8.63. Ejesieme qualified for the finals of the event with the second-best time of the event’s prelims, 8.64.
Nathaniel Winfrey recorded a personal best of 8.12 in the men’s 60-meter hurdles as he finished third in the event. Winfrey advanced to the finals with a season best time of 8.23.
Chris Sweeney took second in the men’s 600-yard run for OU as he clocked a time of 1:12.49. OU alum Aldwyn Sappleton won the event with a time of 1:12.14.
Conrad Aaron had his second-best throw of the season in the men’s shot put as he finished second with a throw of 55-3.00 (16.84). Aaron had a season best of 56-11.50 (17.36) at the J.D. Martin Invitational on Jan. 22
The men’s high jump saw Landon Sharp clear his second best height, 6-6.75 (2.00), to finish second in the event.
OU returns to action next weekend at the Big 12 Indoor Championships in Lincoln, Neb., with two-day meet beginning on Friday.
Oklahoma Final Results:
Men’s 60-Meter Dash: 11. Jeremy Rankin 6.94; 12. Evan Pierson 6.96
Men’s 600-Yard Run: 2. Chris Sweeney 1:12.49; 5. Taylor Wardall 1:14.49
Men’s 800-Meter Run: 7. Ross Larimer 1:57.22; 9. Colin Slattery 1:57.50
Men’s 60-Meter Hurdles: 3. Nathaniel Winfrey 8.12
Men’s High Jump: 2. Landon Sharp 6-6.75 (2.00)
Men’s Pole Vault: 4. Jake Huddleston 14-1.25 (4.30)
Men’s Long Jump: 1. Alex Madkins 23-11.50 (7.30)
Men’s Shot Put: 2. Conrad Aaron 55-3.00 (16.84)
Men’s Weight Throw: 1. K.P. Singh 70-8.50 (21.55)
Women’s 60-Meter Dash: 1. Sherine Wells 7.47; 5. Kristen Carson 7.72
Women’s 400-Meter Dash: 10. Chikodi Okoye 1:00.29
Women’s 600-Yard Run: 2. Shelleyeka Rolle 1:22.68
Women’s 800-Meter Run: 1. Shakeeri Cole 2:12.09
Women’s 1,000-Meter Run: 1. Annie Martinn 2:56.78
Women’s 60-Meter Hurdles: 2. Jesica Ejesieme 8.63
Women’s Pole Vault: 1. Alexandra Acker 13-6.00 (4.12); 2. Jacy Bennett 11-3.75 (3.45); 4. Carli Wester 10-10.00 (3.30); 5. Ashley Kowalewski 10-10.00 (3.30); 6. Morgan Nichols 10-4.00 (3.15)
Women’s Long Jump: 5. Kristen Carson 18-1.00 (5.51)
Women’s Triple Jump: 1. Jasmine Simmons 42-2.75 (12.87)
Women’s Shot Put: 1. Karen Shump 58-11.50 (17.97); 2. Tia Brooks 56-7.50 (17.26); 3. Bailey Wagner 51-1.00 (15.57); 4. Brittany Borman 50-6.25 (15.40)
Women’s Weight Throw: 1. Angel Togafau 57-1.50 (17.41); 3. Bailey Wagner 55-1.00 (16.79)